A nice bright day today, and with that for some reason the tip was really busy (which often it isn't in bright conditions). With a good area to view both the loafing gulls and the tip face, there was a fair amount of action and a lot of movement of birds too. It was a heavy day for both decent species, but also my single best day for rings - 38 rings read from 7 different projects! Here's a summary: -
- 5 Caspian Gulls (two adults and three first-winters)
- 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (an adult, a near-adult and a first-winter - the near adult bird was ringed at Rainham last winter and has been to France and Switzerland in between now and then)
- 3 Mediterranean Gulls (two adults and a first-winter)
- a pale-winged first-winter bird, presumably of northern origin with some Glaucous Gull genes
- 38 gull rings with 27 North Thames Gull Group birds, two Dutch-ringed birds and others from Sussex, Suffolk, Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire.
No puncture either, which made a change compared to the last three weeks! So all in all, a very enjoyable day that ended with a Kingfisher during a short walk around Russia Dock Woodland, Rotherhithe.
|1st-winter Caspian Gull 29th November 2014|
|adult Caspian Gull 29th November 2014 - note the underside to P10|
|1st-winter Caspian Gull 29th November 2014 (above two photos) - a dusky bird in comparison to the first photo|
|Dutch-ringed Herring Gull 29th November 2014 - ringed by Kees Camphuysen as a breeding adult on Texel, Netherlands on 25th May 2014. Its nest of 3 eggs this year got predated unfortunately.|